One of the great musical icons of a generation has passed away.
Grammy-winning singer Prince has died at the age of 57, according a statement from his publicist.
TMZ first reported that medical emergency staff were called to the artist’s Minnesota estate on Thursday morning around 9:43 a.m. Paisley Park was where Prince lived, recorded most of his music and hosted parties as well as concerts. The medical examiner was also called to the scene.
“When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator,” said Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson in a statement. “First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, of Chanhassen.”
The cause of the singer’s death remains unknown. He was rushed to hospital on April 15 after suffering from a particularly serious strain of the flu. The illness even forced him to cancel two performances in Georgia. In March, he announced two concert dates in Toronto for later this year.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson in June of 1958, began his musical career in 1975.
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.”
The Minneapolis native broke through with tracks like “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.”
The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
For his work he won several trophies, including seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
With files from Global News